You Need to Plan for Your Local Calendar – UPDATED

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January 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

Yesterday, I was talking with someone from the Slow Food Chicago Board.  She asked if I would be at the forthcoming Annual Meeting.  “Of course,”  I said.  “Of course you have your reservation,” she said.  After a bit of hemming and hawing, I noted that I planned on making a reservation.  “For my wife too,”  I added.  I mean it’s a free event, right.  Wrong-o.  Seems Slow Food Chicago 2010 hit capacity a while back.  All the pull of Local Beetdom is not getting me anywhere but the waiting list.  (Which I indeed did add myself. UPDATE:  Tickets are freeing up, so do not be discouraged.)  Likewise, the Slow Food dinner at Sepia, with a menu that had me calling as soon as I read it.  Booked.  Put me on the waiting list too.  We know that in recent months, other of our kind of events went to capacity, butchering classes at Mado, Sunday suppers at Vie, a wide swath of Slow Food events get picked off early.  Please plan ahead on your Local Calendar.

You do not practice in a solitary coven of locavorism.  Our correspondents noted heavy crowds last week at Green City and the previous week at the Deerfield Winter Market.  The early bird gets the hoop house grown lettuce these days.  As you scroll down, you will note events: Soup and Bread at the Hideout, the Localicious Party for FamilyFarmed, etc.  that fill up. Remember, we warned you. 

Your Local Calendar is below.  And check back often.  We add new events as we spot them (and don’t be shy about letting us know about your eat local happenings too).

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Your ability to find local foods these days, clearly depends on where you shop.  Venture off to South Bend and you might still find pears.  Go to the Winter Market this Sunday in Chicago, and you can grab some hard to find local grainsOur listing of Midwestern winter markets will give you other places to find the limited qualities of local food around now.

Look at your usual suspects (Dill Pickle, Green Grocer) for some beets  and squash.    On the right days there will be rocket (a/k/a arugula), collards, spinach, lettuces and micro-greens/sprouts.  There are always cultivated mushrooms from River Valley Ranch. 

We still believe that Produce Express at the Chicago French Market has Illinois grown, indoor tomatoes.  

Find apples and potatoes fresh and other fruits dried and frozen.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch offer canned local goods.

Let us know what other local goods you are still seeing for sale.

 WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

As noted above, local apples and potatoes remain widely available in the Chicago area. Look for the local where ever you shop.  Even Costco has Michigan fruit still.  The new French Market at Metra Market offers local food.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday January 22

Local Sustainable Dinner with Thom Hartmann at West Loop Studios, 17 N. Elizabeth, Chicago.  7 PM – 10 PM – Meet Thom and hear him speak about how making sustainable local choices can have a huge global impact. Hear speakers from the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force talk about recent Local Food Legislation and its impact on Illinois Farmers. Marion St. Cheese Market will be sampling Local and Biodynamic wines and their local artisinal cheese! FIG catering will talk about each course and how they work to source all of their ingredients from local sustainable sources. Seating for this event is incredibly limited.  Additional details on registration here.

Saturday – January 23

Geneva Community Market – Inglenook Pantry – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Sunday – January 24

Winter Market, Chicago – Irving Park Luthern Church – 3938 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago – 12 – 3PM

Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – 10 – 2 PM

Mado Pig Butchering Demo – fresh sausages – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating how to break down a pork shoulder for grinding, sharing his basic formula for fresh sausages and discussing variations. $50/pp

 Chicago Rarities Orchard Project Fundraiser – UnCommon Ground – 6 – 8 PM – 1401 W. Devon, Chicago

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Wednesday - January 27

New! – 5th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award - This is an opportunity to honor someone really making local food happen in Chicago, Ken Dunn of the Chicago Resource Center/City Farm.  He is well deserving of this award. The Elizabeth I. Benson Award was created in honor of Elizabeth (Betty) I. Benson, the inaugural recipient of the award. This award is given to those who work tirelessly and faithfully for social justice in the Chicago area and beyond, while simultaneously shunning personal recognition of their efforts. - Reception with food by locavore favorites North Pond and Frontera Grill.  MC is our radio pal, Mike Nowak.  Go to Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ for more details and ticket information - 615 W. Wellington, Chicago – 6 PM

Soup and Bread – Hideout – Tto benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  1354 West Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

Thursday – January 28

Sold out, waiting list started! – Farm Dinner – Vie – Featuring 28 day dry aged beef from Dietzler Farm.  The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (708) 246-2082.

Sunday – January 31

Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting – Kendall College – 900 N North Branch St, Chicago – 130 – 4 PM – Details and registration here.

SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST OPENUPDATE:  Tickets are freeing up, so do not be discouraged –  Continue your Slow Food Sunday with dinner at Sepia honoring Marsha Guerrero, Chez Panisse Foundation Director of Special Projects and The Edible Schoolyard.  And what a dinner it seems.  It’s not enough that favorite local cheese Holland Family Farms Marienke gouda appears on the menu .  After charcuterie, pasta, roasted pears, we get to a course of choucroute garni with cider-braised pork belly, Toulouse-style sausage, ham hock, sauerkraut, and fingerling potatoes.  Wine pairings too!  The cost for attendance is $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Seating is limited and early reservations are recommended. Call Sepia at (312) 441-1920 or email them here. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St. in Chicago’s West Loop. 

Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – 10 – 2 PM

New! – Winter Market  – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb - 158 N 4th, DeKalb, IL 

Mado Pig Butchering Demo – Dueling testas – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating his methods for making mado’s two different styles of testa.  Our rolled testa is made with braised and shredded pig’s head, while “porchetta di testa” involves boning out the pig’s head, curing, rolling and slowly simmering.  $50/pp

Saturday – February 6

City of Chicago and Green City Market host a Farmer’s Forum.  This event promotes local food and farms by helping farmers, market managers, and chefs connect. In addition, farmers can learn how to become part of the City of Chicago’s Farmers market program as well as improve their direct sales and learn how to better market their products and services.   Kendall College – 9 AM – 2 PM

Slow Food lunch in Michigan City, IN – Brother and sister farmers and Slow Food members Alex and Patty Panozzo are set to host a sustainable harvest lunch  in recognition of Terra Madre, a biannual celebration of Slow Food chapters across the globe. With 2010 being a Terra Madre year, Patty Panozzo is opening her Michigan City, Indiana home to supporters and heralding the day with a festive luncheon.   The sustainable harvest lunch will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. cst and will feature a lavish spread of homegrown food from the Panozzo’s “Victory Garden.” While guests dine, they’ll be treated to a slide show presentation of that very garden. Attendance is free, though donations to Slow Food are appreciated. RSVP is required by February 1.

Wednesday - February 10

Love Bites at Carnivale – One of our favorite organizations, Slow Food Chicago, stops for the night, at one of our favorite restaurants, Carnivale for a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration.   “Love Bites” promises to be a festive evening of sustainable, Latin-flavored bites from Chef Mark Mendez paired with wines selected by wife and Carnivale Wine Director Elizabeth Mendez.  The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with live music by Son De La Habana set to start pumping at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Reservations will only be taken by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005. Carnivale is located at 702 W. Fulton St, Chicago.

Saturday – February 13

Winter Market, Oak Park – Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church – 405 S. Euclid, Oak Park – 9 AM – 1PM

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

Saturday – February 20

Winter Market, United Church of Rogers Park – 1545 W. Morse, Chicago - 9 AM – 1 PM

Tuesday - February 23

City Provisions Supper Club with North Shore Distillery (venue TBD)

Saturday – February 27

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

New!Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western, Chicago – 11 – 5PM

Sunday – March 7

Winter Market, St. Giles Church – 1025 Colombian, Oak Park – Times not posted

Thursday - March 11

Family Farmed Expo – Financing Farm to Fork Conference - UIC Forum, Chicago

Friday - March 12

Family Farmed Expo – Trade Conference – UIC Forum, Chicago

Localious Party with FamilyFarmed – UIC Forum, Chicag0 – 7 – 10PM

Chicago Food Policy Summit - UIC Forum, Chicago

Saturday – March 13

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Greens, Eggs and Ham”

Family Farmed Expo – Consumer Day – UIC Forum, Chicago

Sunday – March 14

Winter Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

Saturday – March 20

Ebenezer Luthern Church – 1650, W. Foster, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – March 20

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin – 39W830 Highland, Elgin – 1 – 3 PM

Saturday – March 27

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is still Greens, Eggs, and Ham (we think).

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Saturday - April 10

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese

Saturday – April 24

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese.

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

NO DATES ANNOUNCED

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Keep you eye on Local Beet as we have all your winter needs covered.

 

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